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by notxkcd
Sat May 03, 2014 1:32 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Article: Fifty years of BASIC (TIME.com)
Replies: 4
Views: 2816

Re: Article: Fifty years of BASIC (TIME.com)

I see what you did there. LOL. Nice.
by notxkcd
Sat May 03, 2014 3:30 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Article: Fifty years of BASIC (TIME.com)
Replies: 4
Views: 2816

Article: Fifty years of BASIC (TIME.com)

Nice article over at TIME.com covering the history of the language, key people, etcetera. http://time.com/69316/basic/

Me personally? My first PC had QBASIC. Loved messing around writing silly programs and playing Nibbles.

Yours?
by notxkcd
Fri May 02, 2014 7:37 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Article: WarkaWater: basket uses condensation to make water
Replies: 39
Views: 10327

Re: Article: WarkaWater: basket uses condensation to make wa

True. I managed to do a bit more reading on the whole idea/concept. I saw it happening all the time and never really connected the dots. I'd take a cup, fill it with ice, pour in my soda and condensation would form on the outside of the cup. Thing is, there's a huge diff between the temp of the ice ...
by notxkcd
Mon Apr 07, 2014 3:17 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Businessweek Infographic: The NSA Spying Machine
Replies: 0
Views: 2126

Businessweek Infographic: The NSA Spying Machine

Interactive graphic on how the various NSA spying, err, surveillance, err, systems-that-make-the-world-safer-for-YOU, fit together: http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2014-04-03/the-nsa-spying-machine-an-interactive-graphic
by notxkcd
Sat Apr 05, 2014 4:17 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Article: WarkaWater: basket uses condensation to make water
Replies: 39
Views: 10327

Article: WarkaWater: basket uses condensation to make water

Few days old, found via Wired.com: http://www.wired.com/2014/03/warka-water-africa/ These gizmos basically produce water via condensation. I've heard of this process before. This particular article speaks to a a mesh upon which the condensation forms. If I've read it right the nylon and polypropylen...
by notxkcd
Thu Mar 06, 2014 3:11 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Article: The Pixar Theory
Replies: 10
Views: 3980

Re: Article: The Pixar Theory

I like to believe that every movie with the same actor is the same universe. Like when Forest Gump's father died saving Private Ryan, but not before running a women's baseball team. And then Forest becomes an astronaut (he was in the book!) on the Apollo 13 mission. He later became a gay attorney b...
by notxkcd
Thu Mar 06, 2014 2:52 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Article: The Pixar Theory
Replies: 10
Views: 3980

Re: Article: The Pixar Theory

Angua wrote:Cracked: afterhours has done the whole pixar one universe thing as well.


Thanks, I'll have a look at that as well. Can't believe I haven't seen it before, as I've watched most of the movies and been browsing the web for a few years now (possibly in all the wrong places).
by notxkcd
Thu Mar 06, 2014 2:46 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Article: The Pixar Theory
Replies: 10
Views: 3980

Re: Article: The Pixar Theory

Never heard about the theory until today via an article on Slate (the secret identify of Andy's mom: http://www.slate.com/blogs/browbeat/201 ... _hats.html).
by notxkcd
Thu Mar 06, 2014 2:33 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Article: The Pixar Theory
Replies: 10
Views: 3980

Article: The Pixar Theory

Anyone read this? One guy's theory of how the Pixar movies (including: Monsters Inc., Toy Story, Up, etcetera) are all part of the same universe!

http://jonnegroni.com/2013/07/11/the-pixar-theory/
by notxkcd
Fri Dec 13, 2013 1:28 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Article: Wired's awesome gifts for science geeks
Replies: 2
Views: 1945

Article: Wired's awesome gifts for science geeks

Wired takes a look at several gift ideas for the science geek in all of us: http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2013/12/gifts-for-science-nerds/ My personal favourite would be the sculptures made by Crystal Nebulae (Milky Way Galaxy and The Universe in particular): http://www.crystalnebulae.co.uk/ Lov...
by notxkcd
Wed Dec 04, 2013 2:00 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Satoshi Nakamoto = Nick Szabo (and friends?)
Replies: 4
Views: 3296

Satoshi Nakamoto = Nick Szabo (and friends?)

Some interesting analysis by an anonymous (why anonymous?) blogger on an identity for the elusive and mysterious: Satoshi Nakamoto, the so-called creator of Bitcoin. LikeInAMirror (title of the blog) uses, among things, reverse textual analysis with results pointing to articles written by Nick Szabo...
by notxkcd
Fri Nov 01, 2013 1:43 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Articles: Nautilus - Secret Codes issue
Replies: 3
Views: 2119

Re: Articles: Nautilus - Secret Codes issue

Weeks wrote:Can you give at minimum a short summary of at least one of the articles? This reads like a facebook post.


Apologies, didn't think of that and how it looks. Will do.
by notxkcd
Thu Oct 31, 2013 3:52 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Articles: Nautilus - Secret Codes issue
Replies: 3
Views: 2119

Articles: Nautilus - Secret Codes issue

Anyone heard of this magazine? Issue 006 focuses on codes. Here are a few interesting articles: Safe-cracking the Brain: http://nautil.us/issue/6/secret-codes/safecracking-the-brain Beyond the Horizon of the Universe: http://nautil.us/issue/6/secret-codes/beyond-the-horizon-of-the-universe When Hack...
by notxkcd
Wed Oct 30, 2013 1:42 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Via Slate: Star Wars bloopers
Replies: 9
Views: 2632

Re: Via Slate: Star Wars bloopers

Red Hal wrote:Star Wars happened for real exactly as portrayed in the movies (given an infinite multiverse).


In this Universe I forgot about the Multiverse (but in another Universe, I remembered!). :-)
by notxkcd
Tue Oct 29, 2013 1:14 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Via Slate: Star Wars bloopers
Replies: 9
Views: 2632

Via Slate: Star Wars bloopers

Anyone seen them as yet: http://www.slate.com/blogs/browbeat/2013/10/28/star_wars_blooper_reel_online_watch_original_movies_outtakes_video.html Sigh. A reminder that these were just movies and not real life, but then again, the Universe is a big place. Actually, if you had a choice to make one movie...
by notxkcd
Tue Oct 22, 2013 3:52 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Article: Costco, the cheapest, happiest company in The World
Replies: 5
Views: 2565

Re: Article: Costco, the cheapest, happiest company in The W

A snippet from the article: “You don’t have to be Nordstrom selling $1,200 suits in order to pay people a living wage. That is what Walmart has lost sight of. A lot of people working at Walmart go home and live below the poverty line. You expect that person to come in and develop a rapport with cust...
by notxkcd
Tue Oct 15, 2013 1:49 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The New Yorker: The Guardian and its' editor Alan Rusbridger
Replies: 0
Views: 1670

The New Yorker: The Guardian and its' editor Alan Rusbridger

The Guardian has been famous, most recently, for publishing some, if not most of, Snowden's documents. This New Yorker article provides some good background on the paper (off-line and on-line) and its editor. Check it out: http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2013/10/07/131007fa_fact_auletta?currentPa...
by notxkcd
Thu Oct 10, 2013 8:43 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: How Brazil's richest man lost $34.5B
Replies: 8
Views: 2958

Re: How Brazil's richest man lost $34.5B

So in terms of liquidity, we don't know anything. He's poorer in that his net worth went down. Liquidity doesn't have anything to do with networth. I could have a million acres of mountaintops, but that would be incredibly iliquid. And yet I would still be incredibly wealthy. Liquidity is just a pr...
by notxkcd
Thu Oct 10, 2013 12:23 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: How Brazil's richest man lost $34.5B
Replies: 8
Views: 2958

Re: How Brazil's richest man lost $34.5B

You know, even after losing all that, he's still filthy rich. It says he's got another 100 million dollars left. Indeed. The article got me thinking about how some folk measure and report wealth. Like ol' Bill G. The majority (I speak under correction) of his "money value" reported was ba...
by notxkcd
Thu Oct 10, 2013 1:02 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: How Brazil's richest man lost $34.5B
Replies: 8
Views: 2958

Re: How Brazil's richest man lost $34.5B

You know, even after losing all that, he's still filthy rich. It says he's got another 100 million dollars left. Indeed. The article got me thinking about how some folk measure and report wealth. Like ol' Bill G. The majority (I speak under correction) of his "money value" reported was ba...
by notxkcd
Thu Oct 10, 2013 12:55 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: How Brazil's richest man lost $34.5B
Replies: 8
Views: 2958

Re: How Brazil's richest man lost $34.5B

Dthen wrote:If I ever find myself with $34.5b, I'll try to not do the same thing.


Well hey, if and when you get that $35.5B, remember who put you on to that article! Throw a coupla thousands my way. :)
by notxkcd
Wed Oct 09, 2013 2:23 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: How Brazil's richest man lost $34.5B
Replies: 8
Views: 2958

How Brazil's richest man lost $34.5B

From Businessweek: http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2013-10-03/eike-batista-how-brazils-richest-man-lost-34-dot-5-billion#r=most%20popular

This guy also has a $500K Mercedes. Which he parks in his living room. LOL.
by notxkcd
Wed Oct 09, 2013 2:18 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Article from The New Yorker: The Mountains of Pi
Replies: 3
Views: 2413

Re: Article from The New Yorker: The Mountains of Pi

http://www.davidabrahamson.com/WWW/IALJS/Preston_TheMountainsofPi_NYer_2Mar92.pdf So, I struggled for a few seconds trying to determine where this belongs (News & Articles? Computer Science? Mathematics?). It's a link to an old TNY article on the Chudnovsky brothers and the supercomputer they b...
by notxkcd
Fri Oct 04, 2013 5:03 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Silk Road -- The Amazon.com of drugs
Replies: 85
Views: 20840

Re: Silk Road -- The Amazon.com of drugs

Even more fun, the founder apparently kept all sorts of transaction records around indefinitely, unencrypted, on the seized equipment. The follow-on busts will paint an interesting picture, assuming the DEA follows up on this. Ars covered his slip-ups as well: http://arstechnica.com/security/2013/1...
by notxkcd
Wed Oct 02, 2013 6:09 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Article from The New Yorker: The Mountains of Pi
Replies: 3
Views: 2413

Article from The New Yorker: The Mountains of Pi

http://www.davidabrahamson.com/WWW/IALJS/Preston_TheMountainsofPi_NYer_2Mar92.pdf So, I struggled for a few seconds trying to determine where this belongs (News & Articles? Computer Science? Mathematics?). It's a link to an old TNY article on the Chudnovsky brothers and the supercomputer they b...
by notxkcd
Fri Sep 27, 2013 12:11 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Increase in certain search terms post Kenya mall attack?
Replies: 14
Views: 3447

Re: Increase in certain search terms post Kenya mall attack?

I have nothing further to add to what has already been said re: the above subject (senseless, tragic, barbaric, inhumane...). However, I was curious about certain elements of the attack. Specifically: some of the terrorists asking hostages to recite/recall parts of the Quran (Koran), and whether or...
by notxkcd
Fri Sep 27, 2013 1:49 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Increase in certain search terms post Kenya mall attack?
Replies: 14
Views: 3447

Re: Increase in certain search terms post Kenya mall attack?

No. Would ask about [religion]'s core tenets. Focuses on morality, in general. Opposes their current actions. Cannot adequately prepare for all questions. Expects to die, regardless of knowledge. Predicts better (but still miniscule) odds from reasoning. Learned a quotation (for Islam) while fact-c...
by notxkcd
Fri Sep 27, 2013 1:37 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Increase in certain search terms post Kenya mall attack?
Replies: 14
Views: 3447

Re: Increase in certain search terms post Kenya mall attack?

curtis95112 wrote:Apart from those few minutes, you mean.


Sorry, I don't understand.
by notxkcd
Fri Sep 27, 2013 1:31 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Increase in certain search terms post Kenya mall attack?
Replies: 14
Views: 3447

Re: Increase in certain search terms post Kenya mall attack?

I went to Google Trends and looked at the report for the following keywords: mother of prophet. Just as I suspected, a huge jump in Sep 2013. Maybe other people were thinking what I was thinking? From the data, it looked like, at a simple level, that that was the case Honestly, I doubt people were ...
by notxkcd
Fri Sep 27, 2013 12:31 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Increase in certain search terms post Kenya mall attack?
Replies: 14
Views: 3447

Increase in certain search terms post Kenya mall attack?

I have nothing further to add to what has already been said re: the above subject (senseless, tragic, barbaric, inhumane...). However, I was curious about certain elements of the attack. Specifically: some of the terrorists asking hostages to recite/recall parts of the Quran (Koran), and whether or ...
by notxkcd
Thu Sep 26, 2013 3:45 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: BlackBerry agrees to sell, in principle, to Fairfax
Replies: 3
Views: 1416

Re: BlackBerry agrees to sell, in principle, to Fairfax

Never had a BB, and now that they seem to be ditching the consumer market due to the co-dominance of iOS and Android, probably never will. I did like their designs, though, and until the iPhone and Droids came out, they were what I'd always wanted (except when the Sidekick came out, because, let's ...
by notxkcd
Tue Sep 24, 2013 4:17 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: BlackBerry agrees to sell, in principle, to Fairfax
Replies: 3
Views: 1416

BlackBerry agrees to sell, in principle, to Fairfax

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-24214301 Well folks, it was only a matter of time, eh?. I've never heard of FF and according to the article, BB is still looking around for buyers. What is clear, to me, is that if FF closes the deal, expect more slashing and burning based, IMHO, solely on this co...
by notxkcd
Tue Sep 24, 2013 12:48 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The map that inspired the book Treasure Island
Replies: 0
Views: 1238

The map that inspired the book Treasure Island

Not sure how many of you folks out there are into maps, map-making and creating your own virtual world. For those who are, http://moreintelligentlife.com/content/ideas/anonymous/island-inhabits-you this article provides a little insight into the map that inspired Robert Louis Stevenson's famous book...
by notxkcd
Mon Sep 23, 2013 3:35 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1261: "Shake That"
Replies: 52
Views: 14579

Re: 1261: "Shake That"

(tried incl. a link to my blog, messaging is being marked as spam, not sure why). Because you didn't read the rules before posting. Mea culpa. After I made the post I read the rules to try to figure out why that happened. I should have done it the other way around. My apologies. Now that I've hit t...
by notxkcd
Mon Sep 23, 2013 2:31 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1268: "Alternate Universe"
Replies: 200
Views: 34013

Re: 1268: "Alternate Universe"

I came to this universe three days ago, from one where the actor was spelled Jason Stratham. Must be a fork of my universe where some folks pronounced Heath Ledger as if it were Keith Ledger. Ummm.. isn't that this universe? http://cs.forvo.com/word/heath_ledger/ I invoke the universal philosophica...
by notxkcd
Mon Sep 23, 2013 11:35 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1268: "Alternate Universe"
Replies: 200
Views: 34013

Re: 1268: "Alternate Universe"

Klear wrote:I came to this universe three days ago, from one where the actor was spelled Jason Stratham.


Must be a fork of my universe where some folks pronounced Heath Ledger as if it were Keith Ledger.
by notxkcd
Mon Sep 23, 2013 11:27 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1257: "Monster"
Replies: 84
Views: 19990

Re: 1257: "Monster"

Let's see. A cheetah's top speed is 120 kph (33.3 m/s) (EDIT: I think I have the correct figure now) A blue whale has a mass of 170,000 kilograms Momentum is P= 20,400,000 5,666,667. I have no idea what that translates into. Anyone have a good comparison? However, with the mass of a blue whale, but...

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